Episode #97: Weekly News Roundup for August 5

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In the “This Week in the DoD” podcast for August 5:

President Barack Obama has announced a proposal to provide incentives for businesses who hire veterans.  He stated that many veterans find military skills don’t qualify them for civilian jobs, and this new program will help them adjust to their new life.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta held is first press briefing Thursday at the Pentagon.  He discussed current budget issues, withdrawal activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what this could mean for the future of the Department of Defense.

For the first time in history, a combatant command has officially cased it colors. In an plan initiated by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates to find $100 billion in savings, the Joint Forces Command received the budget ax and was officially dissolved as of Thursday, August 4.

The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff formerly stepped down this week.  The nation bid farewell to Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright in a formal ceremony. He is replaced by Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr.

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